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Hugh Ambrose (2015)
By MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press HELENA, Montana (AP) — Hugh Ambrose, who wrote the World War II history "The Pacific" after years of researching for his father, the renowned historian Stephen Ambrose, has died at age 48. Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena, sister Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs said Tuesday. Hugh Ambrose began research for "The Pacific" with his father, and he...
Franz Wright, 62 (1953 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Franz Wright, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for his concise and penetrating style and heartbreaking command of emotions, has died. He was 62. Wright died Thursday at his home in Waltham, Massachusetts, of lung cancer, publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Friday. Born in Vienna and raised in California after his parents divorced, Wright was the son...
William Zinsser, 92 (1922 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — William Zinsser, the much-consulted teacher, author, journalist and essayist whose million-selling book "On Writing Well" championed the craft of nonfiction and inspired professionals and amateurs to express themselves more concisely and vividly, died Tuesday at age 92.Zinsser died at his Manhattan home after a brief illness, said his wife,...
Peter Gay, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gay, a popular and prize-winning historian who meticulously traced the rise of secular Western thought, from a prize-winning history of the Enlightenment to a best-selling biography of Sigmund Freud, has died. Gay died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan, his stepdaughter Elizabeth Glazer told The Associated Press. He was 91 and...
Michael Blake, 69 (1945 - 2015)
By ASTRID GALVAN, The Associated PressTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died.Blake, 69, died Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, after a long battle with cancer, his business partner, Daniel Ostroff, said.Blake, who wrote several novels, is best known for "Dances With Wolves,"...
Ruth Rendell, 85 (1930 - 2015)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age...
Marcia Brown, 96 (1918 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Marcia Brown, a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books and three-time Caldecott Medal winner whose work ranged from the bold strokes of "Once a...
M.H. Abrams, 93 (1921 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology...
Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy (2015)
The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — State media says Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, who channeled folklore and rural life into verses that touched the Arab world, has died at 77 after a long...
Frederic Morton, 90 (1924 - 2015)
By GEORGE JAHN, The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — U.S. writer Frederic Morton, who became internationally recognized in part through books on the Austrian homeland that he was forced to flee...
Guenter Grass, 87 (1927 - 2015)
By GEIR MOULSON and HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Guenter Grass was to Germany what William Faulkner was to the old American South: The bard, scourge and pathfinder of a society...
Ivan Doig, 75 (1939 - 2015)
The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died. He was 75...
Stanley Kutler, 80 (1934 - 2015)
The Associated PressMADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Watergate historian Stanley Kutler, who successfully fought for the release of President Richard Nixon's secret tapes, died Tuesday in Wisconsin. He...
Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)
By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday...
Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp...
Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on...
Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)
By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. ...
Mal Peet (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday...
Yasar Kemal (2015)
By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.Kemal died...
Philip Levine, 87 (1928 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE and SCOTT SMITH, The Associated PressFRESNO, California (AP) — Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal...
André Brink, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prolific author, Andre Brink, who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regime, has died, his publishers said...
Martin Gilbert, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 78.Gilbert died...
Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. ...
John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said...
Helen Eustis, 98 (1916 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis...
Robert Stone, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works...
Tadeusz Konwicki, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tadeusz Konwicki, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, has died....
Miller Williams, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ANDREW DeMILLO, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died....
Stanislaw Baranczak, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home,...
Norman Bridwell, 86 (1928 - 2014)
By LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNorman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the...